Posts tagged "arkansas"

Arkansas Judge Orders Josh Duggar’s Child Molestation Police Report Destroyed

According to the Associated Press, Arkansas police have destroyed the 2006 offense report for Josh Duggar, which detailed how the then-14-year-old had molested five girls, including his sisters, on the orders of Judge Stacy Zimmerman. “As far as the Springdale Police Department is concerned, this report doesn’t exist,” Springdale’s police representative Scott Lewis told AP.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 23, 2015

This Is How A Small Town In Arkansas Failed A Domestic Violence Victim

My friend Melissa Jeltsen has a piece on The Huffington Post about how the local criminal justice system in Arkansas failed Laura Aceves, a 21-year-old woman who was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend. When she was killed, her ex had been out on bail for two prior attacks on Aceves, including aggravated assault; he…

Jessica Wakeman / June 16, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized In Arkansas; Lesbian Couple Are The First To Get Hitched

Never thought you’d see the day when gay marriage was legal in Arkansas, did you?

That’s exactly what happened on Friday, when a circuit court judge in Little Rock stuck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional. The ruling referenced a 2004 amendment to the state constitution defining marriage a…

Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Arkansas’ Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

A federal judge stuck down part of an anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat” law in Arkansas which would ban abortions after 12 weeks. Instead, the judge said that fetal viability should determine the legality of abortion. The other part of the law which requires doctors to perform an ultrasound and notify if the pregnant woman if…

Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2014

Arkansas Ban On Abortions After 12 Weeks Temporarily Blocked

A ban on abortions after 12 weeks in Arkansas — the earliest abortion ban in the country — has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. [Politico]
The state government of Illinois has advanced a comprehensive sex ed bill that requires teachers to teach “medically accurate and age-appropriate lesson[s]” on sexual health. What…

Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2013

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood.  The chosen grants heading to the chopping block?  Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state’s sex ed.

According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which…

Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Arkansas Advances Abortion Ban With No Exceptions For Rape, Incest

Arkansas’ state House of Representatives advanced a bill yesterday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest.  The bill is based on the medically unproven theory touted by anti-abortion advocates that 20 weeks is when a fetus can feel pain.

Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2013

Arkansas Politician Introduces “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill To Restrict Abortion

Abortions could be banned as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant, under a new bill proposed in Arkansas.

Jessica Wakeman / January 30, 2013

Arkansas High School Had Two Valedictorians Because The Actual Valedictorian Was Black

An Arkansas high school appointed two valedictorians in their Class of 2011, because the student with the highest GPA was black. According to a lawsuit by 18-year-old Kymberly Wimberly (yes, her real name), she was told earlier this year she would be valedictorian of McGehee Secondary School in Pine Bluff, AR, thanks to her nearly-straight…

Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2011

Here Comes The Underage Bride

Las year, Arkansas accidentally passed a law making it legal for anyone — even newborns — to marry as long as they had parental consent. The bill was supposed to have made 18 the legal age for marriage, but there was an extra “not” in the bill — oops! Lawmakers decided their error would make…

Catherine Strawn / April 3, 2008